Census Scientists on 10-week Southern Ocean expedition

The Antarctic research season opened with a ten-week expedition to the Lazarev Sea and the eastern part of the Weddell Sea. Census scientists from CeDAMar and CAML are part of a team of 53 scientists from eight nations aboard the German research vessel Polarstern, which is making its 24th scientific voyage to the Southern Ocean from Capetown. The scientific mission of the expedition is to improve understanding of the physical and biological processes associated with the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and the Weddell Gyre, both of which play a key role in the earth's climate. Census scientists will be focused on the biodiversity of this little explored region. Regular updates on their progress will be provided here. (Photo: Polarstern in Antarctica, Atka Bay)
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